Barcelona, Hamburg, Rio and Derry to get NFC information services

The Spanish, German, Brazilian and Northern Irish cities have picked Connecthings to deploy a network of NFC tags to provide visitors and local citizens with information on local services and attractions.

Connecthings's Damaris Homo picks up a Living Labs Global Award in Rio
AWARDS: Damaris Homo (left) from Connecthings picks up a Living Labs Global Award in Rio

France-based NFC specialist Connecthings has been selected by the cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro and Derry to provide NFC services to local citizens and visitors.

The four cities are all participants in the Living Labs Global Awards, a project involving 21 cities around the world that seeks to uncover innovative solutions to urban issues. Seven hundred companies submitted proposals for this year’s awards. Each participating city could only pick one solution and four have chosen NFC proposals by Connecthings:

  • Barcelona will deploy NFC contactless services for improving the “digital experience” for citizens and visitors in the city.
  • Hamburg, the second largest port in Europe, will use NFC services to encourage the 270,000 cruise passengers who visit each year to spend more time exploring the city.
  • Rio de Janeiro will establish a service for disadvantaged local communities, which will work in parallel with “Knowledge Square”, a series of urban, technological and social reforms designed to increase digital inclusion.
  • Derry will use NFC to improve the experience of living in and visiting the city as well as to promote its cultural heritage to visitors and locals.

“This demonstrates that the innovative solutions set up by Connecthings provide relevant responses to the cities’ specific challenges, and I’m glad to put our expertise at the service of four countries as it goes in line with our ambitions for international development,” says Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings.

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